One man was taken to jail early Saturday after a stolen firearm was found in his vehicle.
According to a Bowling Green Police Division report, at approximately 12:58 a.m. on Saturday, an officer observed a vehicle committing a red light violation as it turned left eastbound onto East Wooster Street from North Main Street, and initiated a traffic stop after the vehicle turned into City Lot 2.
In speaking to the driver, identified as Darnell Johnson, 20, Bowling Green, the officer asked if there were any weapons in the vehicle. Johnson indicated that there was a gun under his seat, but that it was not loaded, though there was ammunition in the vehicle. According to the report, the officer also smelled the odor of burned marijuana in the vehicle.
The report stated that, as the officer searched the vehicle due to the odor of marijuana, he found a Glock 22 .40 caliber pistol with a loaded magazine next to it. The gun’s serial number was checked and it was found to be stolen with a report from the Columbus police department. Further searching of the vehicle reportedly turned up small amounts of suspected marijuana in the center console area of the vehicle and in a glass jar. A marijuana cigarette was also reportedly found in the wallet of the vehicle’s passenger, Monique Perkins, 20, Port Clinton.
Johnson was taken to jail on a charge of receiving stolen property. Perkins reportedly admitted that the suspected marijuana in the vehicle was hers. She was cited for possession of marijuana and released.